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polyphyletic

[pol-ee-fahy-let-ik] /ˌpɒl i faɪˈlɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
developed from more than one ancestral type, as a group of animals.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; poly- + phyletic
Related forms
polyphyletically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for poly phyletic

polyphyletic

/ˌpɒlɪfaɪˈlɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
(biology) relating to or characterized by descent from more than one ancestral group of animals or plants
Derived Forms
polyphyletically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from poly- + phyletic
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poly phyletic in Medicine

polyphyletic pol·y·phy·let·ic (pŏl'ē-fī-lět'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Descended or derived from more than one ancestral stock or source.

  2. Of or being the theory that blood cells are derived from several different stem cells, depending on the particular blood cell type.


pol'y·phy'le·tism (-fī'lĭ-tĭz'əm) n.
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poly phyletic in Science
polyphyletic
  (pŏl'ē-fī-lět'ĭk)   
Relating to a taxonomic group that does not include the common ancestor of the members of the group and whose members have two or more separate origins. A group that consists of flying vertebrates would be polyphyletic, as bats and birds independently evolved flight and do not share a common ancestor. Compare monophyletic, paraphyletic.

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